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Environmental Assessment, Sustainability Assessment, Canada, Law Reform


In this paper, we share our preliminary reflections on the Expert Panel Report on the reform of the federal environmental assessment process. The report, entitled: Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada, was released by Minister McKenna on April 5, 2017. The report is the result of an open and thorough public engagement process that heard from a large number of Canadians with a keen interest in EA. The Expert Panel Report offers a blueprint broadly consistent with proposals for next generation federal assessment. Some elements will require further thought, and much of the critical detail on how to make this new approach work remains to be worked out.